Our Grades K-2 Workshop Themes

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Color Lab

This workshop introduces preschoolers to the exciting world of color. They make a new friend while learning about the colors of the rainbow and experiment with their creative side during an activity on color mixing. Demonstrations are conducted to introduce students to the primary colors, as well as color mixing.


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Digging for Dinosaurs

Kids are introduced to the differences between meat-eating and plant-eating animals. They have the opportunity to look at some dinosaur teeth up close and work as paleontologists, by participating in a mini dinosaur dig that engages their attention and helps them improve their scientific knowledge.


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Wiggly World of Worms

This workshop provides preschoolers with an opportunity to get their hands dirty while learning all about worms. They work with magnifying glasses to get an up-close look at the lives and habits of worms.


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Taste Buds

Kids put on their lab coats and stick out their tongues, as they discover the delicious biology behind their taste buds. Designed for kids in grades K-2.


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Seeking our Senses

Kids explore all five senses. They test their vision with optical illusions, experiment with their hearing, and try their hand at reading braille. Designed for kids in grades K-2.


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Listen Closely

This workshop introduces kids to the science behind the sounds all around them. Kids experiment with a wave motion model and a twirling tube to help them understand that sound travels in waves and can be heard in a variety of pitches. They also learn about the everyday materials that make a variety of special effects noises in the movies and create their own special effects sounds.


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Keep in Touch

Children learn what their sense of touch tells them about the world and they also learn that some objects are safe to touch while others are not. The preschoolers are presented with the challenge of identifying a variety of objects using only their sense of touch. They also experiment with an interesting material and make their very own creation.


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Body Basics

Kids study the science of their insides by learning about the major systems of the human body. They learn about how their food is digested, how their blood flows through their bodies, and how their brain controls all of these parts. Designed for kids in grades K-2.


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Eye to Eye

This workshop introduces students to their sense of sight. They experiment with magnifying glasses, kaleidoscopes, and binoculars. The preschoolers also interact with a variety of optical illusions to illustrate that their eyes can sometimes play tricks on them.


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Decomposers

Take some worms, add some food scraps, and what do you get; fertilized soil and a whole lot of fun! This workshop breaks down the science of decomposition and reveals the work of worms and other decomposers. Designed for kids in grades K-2.


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Dinosaurs

Kids examine fossil casts and explore the differences in the teeth of herbivorous and carnivorous dinosaurs. Students participate in a mini dinosaur excavation and make a cast of a dinosaur tooth to take home. Designed for kids in grades K-2.


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Adventures in Air

Preschoolers learn that even though air is invisible it is all around them, all the time. They also learn that air has the power to move items and to slow them down. They experiment with a variety of items that rely on the air to help them move.


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Slippery Science

This class demystifies one of the most beneficial molecules known to humankind…polymers! Designed for kids in grades K-2.


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Sound Basics

Kids surf sound waves in this “offbeat” class. They will explore how sounds are created and transmitted. Designed for kids in grades K-2.


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Magnificent Magnets

Kids discover the invisible fields surrounding magnets with our iron filings. They devise and perform experiments to test magnetic strength. Designed for kids in grades K-2.


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Where’s the Air?

This dynamic class explores the concepts of air pressure and buoyancy through hands-on experimentation and thought-provoking demonstrations. Designed for kids in grades K-2.


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Measure for Measure

Children learn all about the metric system of measurement and trek through a treasure trail. Designed for kids in grades K-2.


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Playing with Polymers

Kids discover the chemical and physical properties of plastics. They explore the plethora of physics principles that play a role in our daily lives. Designed for kids in grades 3-6.


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Exploring Ecosystems

Kids investigate the interconnections present in nature. They build ecosystem models, explore the elements of energy webs, reflect on how humans impact ecosystems, and use field journals for everyday explorations, and more. Designed for kids in grades 3-6.


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Photosynthesis

This workshop provides kids with an introduction to photosynthesis, including an understanding of the chemical processes at work in plants, plant respiration, and the role of plants in food webs. Designed for kids in grades 3-6.


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Matter of Fact

Kids explore molecules and the forces that hold atoms together. They see the dramatic differences between physical and chemical changes, as they mix up a batch of their very own Mad Science Putty to take home. Designed for kids in grades 3-6.


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Good Vibrations

Kids investigate the science of sound in this hands-on introduction to the basics of vibration, frequency, and pitch. They discover how instruments use vibration to make music and are amazed as they hear bells ring through their fingers. Designed for kids in grades 3-6.


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Electricity

Kids excite electrons as they construct some serious circuits during this program all about electricity. They test various materials for conductivity with space-age plasma balls. Finally, they create and play a buzz-making electric game. Designed for kids in grades 3-6.


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Mischievous Magnets

What makes some metal magnetic? What shapes do magnetic fields invisibly form around different-shaped magnets? Can compasses really help you find your way? Kids discover the answers to these questions and many more. Designed for kids in grades 3-6.


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Invention-ation

Who gave us Morse code? How about earmuffs or the light bulb? Children are guided from observation through experimentation on their journey to becoming a great inventor. Designed for kids in grades 3-6.


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Mineral Mania

Kids recreate the process of rock formation and devise ways to identify and classify rocks and minerals. They experience the thrill of panning for gems; the gems they find, they can take home for further study and investigation. Designed for kids in grades 3-6.


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Black and Blue Oceans

Kids devise and test techniques to handle the aftermath of an oil spill, in an oil spill simulation, and discuss how to clean up and prevent the pollution that plagues our oceans. Designed for kids in grades 3-6.


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Turn Up the Volume

Kids are introduced to the scientific process involved in the measurement of volume, through a series of activities and experiments. They fill-up on the physics of liquids and practice techniques fit for a lab tech! Designed for kids in grades 3-6.


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Be Tobacco Free

Be Tobacco Free is designed to educate on the direct & indirect effects of tobacco use on the body. Designed for kids in grades 3-6.


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Weather Wonders

Preschoolers help create a cloud in a bottle and make it rain inside. They also learn all about the water cycle and weather patterns, and design their very own windsock to take home.


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Water Works

Water is more complicated than it looks and through this exciting workshop children learn all about the different properties of water. They experiment with floating, sinking, absorption, and so much more.


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Science of Music

Boom, tap, smack, cha-cha-cha! Listen to the sounds and rhythm of the science of music. Children feel, hear, and see the vibrations that help create music in this hands-on exploration.


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Human Body

Children meet Mr. Bones, the skeleton, and learn about muscles and body systems.


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Animal Friends

Children become an animal, identify animal sounds, and learn all about animal babies and parents.


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Magnetic Attraction

Children experience the poles and power of magnets in this hands-on workshop that provides them with the opportunity to make their own magnet to take home.


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Space Frontiers

Take kids on a trip through the solar system and sign them up for the Mad Science Astronaut in Training Program, where they will learn all about the elements of space. They will even get to take their very own mini rocket home.


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Mad Mixtures

Kids learn about volcanoes and simple chemistry. They make their own modeling dough to take home.


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Lights On

What is light? Kids mix colors of light and explore rainbows.


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Taste and Smell

Kids are introduced to their senses of smell and taste. They learn how these senses help them enjoy all of their favorite foods and scents, as well as experience those that are not as pleasant. They create their very own scented pictures to take home.


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Butterflies

Preschoolers will learn all about butterflies; where they come from, the stages of their growth, and how they eat. They even make some of their own winged critters to take home.


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Energy & Motion

Kids explore the concept of energy and how it gets things moving. Toys are used to help explain simple energy ideas and capture preschoolers' attention. They also get to take home toys called “Boinks” that demonstrate how energy and motion are related.


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Fluttering Birds

Children learn all about their fine feathered friends when they take an up-close look at birds. They discover how to match bird mates, see what eggs are produced by which species, learn how a bird's beak is a tool, and how to identify different birds' songs. They take home bird warblers to practice their bird songs at home.


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Let's Look Closely

Children discover a world that they might not have realized was there, through the use of mirrors, microscopes, and magnifying glasses. They reveal hidden pictures, learn about reflection and symmetry, and use handheld microscopes to observe objects closely. They take away plastic magnifying glasses to continue their exploration at home.


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How Big? How Much?

Preschoolers learn the basics of measurement by measuring all kinds of objects using balance beam scales, bathroom scales, and even their own feet! Children are introduced to the concept of estimation and take home a measuring foot to cut out with their parents.


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Human Body

Children meet Mr. Bones, the skeleton, and learn about muscles and body systems.


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Sea, Sand & Surf

Children explore the science of the sea and learn about what sand is made from, how shells are used by animals for protection, and what animals live in the ocean. They make their own ocean bottle to take home.


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Shapes and Structures

Children discover different shapes and structures by using different kinds of equipment, like Geoboards and Magnatiles. They create their own structure to take home using cornstarch-based “noodles.”


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Animal Friends

Children become an animal, identify animal sounds, and learn all about animal babies and parents.


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Healthy Choices

Preschoolers are introduced to basic nutrition in this hands-on workshop. They discover what makes a healthy meal and why they need to keep eating fruits and vegetables to grow strong!


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MISSION: CODE

In this 10-part workshop series, kids develop computational thinking and problem-solving skills in an online game environment. They use programming concepts to help a robot get to the next level in the most efficient way; acquiring programming skills for life! Designed for kids in grades 3-6.


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Space Frontiers

Take your class on a trip through the solar system and sign them up for the Mad Science Astronaut in Training Program, where they will learn all about the elements of space. Students will even get to take their very own mini rocket home.


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Color Lab

This workshop introduces preschoolers to the exciting world of color. They make a new friend while learning about the colors of the rainbow and experiment with their creative side during an activity on color mixing. Demonstrations are conducted to introduce students to the primary colors, as well as color mixing.


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Mad Mixtures

Kids learn about volcanoes and simple chemistry. They make their own modeling dough to take home.


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Wiggly World of Worms

This workshop provides preschoolers with an opportunity to get their hands dirty while learning all about worms. They work with magnifying glasses to get an up-close look at the lives and habits of worms.


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Listen Closely

This workshop introduces kids to the science behind the sounds all around them. Kids experiment with a wave motion model and a twirling tube to help them understand that sound travels in waves and can be heard in a variety of pitches. They also learn about the everyday materials that make a variety of special effects noises in the movies and create their own special effects sounds.


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Keep in Touch

Children learn what their sense of touch tells them about the world and they also learn that some objects are safe to touch while others are not. The preschoolers are presented with the challenge of identifying a variety of objects using only their sense of touch. They also experiment with an interesting material and make their very own creation.


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Butterflies

Preschoolers will learn all about butterflies; where they come from, the stages of their growth, and how they eat. They even make some of their own winged critters to take home.


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Energy & Motion

Kids explore the concept of energy and how it gets things moving. Toys are used to help explain simple energy ideas and capture preschoolers' attention. They also get to take home toys called “Boinks” that demonstrate how energy and motion are related.


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Eye to Eye

This workshop introduces preschoolers to their sense of sight. They experiment with magnifying glasses, kaleidoscopes, and binoculars. Kids also interact with a variety of optical illusions to illustrate that their eyes can sometimes play tricks on them.


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Fluttering Birds

Children learn all about their fine feathered friends when they take an up-close look at birds. They discover how to match bird mates, see what eggs are produced by which species, learn how a bird's beak is a tool, and how to identify different birds' songs. They take home bird warblers to practice their bird songs at home.


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Adventures in Air

Preschoolers learn that even though air is invisible it is all around them, all the time. They also learn that air has the power to move items and to slow them down. They experiment with a variety of items that rely on the air to help them move.


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Sea, Sand & Surf

Children explore the science of the sea and learn about what sand is made from, how shells are used by animals for protection, and what animals live in the ocean. They make their own ocean bottle to take home.


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Shapes and Structures

Children discover different shapes and structures by using different kinds of equipment, like Geoboards and Magnatiles. They create their own structure to take home using cornstarch-based “noodles.”


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Healthy Choices

Preschoolers are introduced to basic nutrition in this hands-on workshop. They discover what makes a healthy meal and why they need to keep eating fruits and vegetables to grow strong!


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Atmosphere and Beyond

We’re on a mission to explore the atmosphere on Earth, and beyond! Travel to the end of the rainbow and make a sunset! Mix up various planetary atmospheres, one molecule at a time! Discover how stars look in space.


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Black and Blue Oceans

Environmental disasters are all too frequent in our modern world. This workshop explores two current pollution issues: oil spills and acid rain. Students devise and test oil spill clean-up techniques in a mock oil spill and learn how real scientists are working to solve these problems.


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Dirt on Garbage

Reduce, reuse, and recycle in this hands-on class! Students will work together while exploring ways to reduce and manage waste to improve the state of our environment.


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Earthworks

What better planet to explore than the one we live on! This course is all about the science of Earth. Students will explore the various layers of this planet while taking a special look at the outer most layer, also referred to as the crust. The students will examine three specific rock samples from this layer and learn all about their development and formation.


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Ecosystem Explorations

Discover what an ecosystem is, where it can be found, and what it does. Students will challenge themselves to rid a "lake" of pollution, and build several real ecosystems for the class to keep!


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Mineral Mania

Learn about the layers of the Earth, recreate a volcano, and devise ways to identify and classify rocks and minerals.


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Planets and Moons

Explore the farthest reaches of our solar system and create a lunar eclipse in this “mad” planetary tour! Learn how the planets stack up.


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Space Phenomena

Probe the mysteries of meteors and bounce around satellite light in this phenomenal program on space events! See comets up close as one is formed before your eyes!


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Super Power Sources

In this course students will explore several alternative sources of energy including heat, air, and wind. They will act as power hunters to pinpoint both renewable and nonrenewable sources, ramp up a power generation station, and harness the sun’s heat using a parabolic mirror. They will also view a series of demonstrations in which the power and science of fuel cells is revealed.


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Walloping Weather

Walloping Weather provides students with an opportunity to learn about the weather. They will conduct hands-on experiments to better understand how it rains and what causes lightning. They will investigate the ways in which weather is predicted and measured and will become meteorologists in training.


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Wacky Water

What do a swimming pool, a drinking fountain, and the clouds in the sky all have in common? They hold water! During this course students will learn all about the wet and wonderful world of science through the exploration of water and its properties. From learning about density and oil spills, to wave motion and water pollution, this course gives students the rundown on water.


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Where's the Air?

This dynamic class explores the concepts of air pressure and buoyancy through hands-on experimentation and thought-provoking demonstrations.


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Che-Mystery

In this class students learn all about the mysterious wonders of chemical science. They will get to explore several types of physical and chemical changes through a series of activities and experiments. Students will observe crystals forming in a glass of water, and a puddle of acetone change into a big glob of goo right before their eyes!


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Dry Ice Capades

Have you ever wondered how water is able to change into ice, or even steam? This course introduces students to the idea of shifting states of matter in which elements can transform from liquid, gas, and solid states. During this course, the children will get to experiment with dry ice (with the help of our instructors), in order to conduct a series of tests and explore the properties of matter.


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Electricity

This workshop introduces students to the fundamental concepts of electricity: circuits, conductors, insulators, and how electricity is converted for everyday uses. Students get to create different circuits, interact with plasma balls and discover “sticky” static electricity.


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Energy Burst!

Explore the energy of motion and how energy can be conserved. Learn how to make potential and kinetic energy fun with this dynamic class!


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Fun-damental Forces

Gravity, inertia, centripetal force… who could ever imagine that an introduction to physics could be so much fun?! We'll experience these awesome forces for ourselves and build some cool devices to watch them at work!


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Glow Show

Discover amazing things that glow in the dark and come to light! Probe the properties of light and explore some unusual applications of glow-in-the-dark technology! Find out how fluorescence can be used to catch counterfeiters and how chemiluminescence can be used to make a light bulb in a bottle! *Please note: This workshop requires a room that can be darkened!*


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Good Vibrations

This workshop introduces students to physics of sound transmission and creation. Concepts like vibration, frequency (pitch), sound waves, and the transmission of sound waves through different materials will all be addressed. Students will learn about simple musical instruments and how they produce different notes


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Harnessing Heat

This class introduces children to the physical facts about heat. Children learn how molecules move at different temperatures and how thermometers work. The instructor uses various tools like a heat gun and thawing blocks to demonstrate how we use temperature- sensitive equipment in our everyday lives.


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Junior Reactors

In this course students will explore the concept of atoms and reactions. In addition to learning about chemical and physical changes, students will also get to learn about the make-up of atoms through an experiment which breaks down the concept of atomic structures.


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Lab Works

This program introduces the basic tools and techniques that scientists use in the laboratory. The students will develop their scientific vocabulary and fine-motor skills as they learn to manipulate instruments scientists have created for lab work. As the instructor demonstrates more complex experiments, students will also learn to make a hypothesis based on the skills they learned in the class.


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Lights, Color, Action!

Red, blue, purple, orange. Have you ever wondered what colors have to do with science? This course gives students an in-depth lesson on the vital role that science play in both lighting effects and color. From exploring the white light theory, to learning about prisms and diffraction lenses, children will be exposed to a variety of experiments and demonstrations involving light and color!


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Magnetic Magic

The basic physical principles governing magnetism allow children to learn how and why magnets behave in such ways. They learn how to create magnets and how magnetism is lost. Children use compasses to gain a better understanding of how humans benefit from the Earth’s magnetic forces. This course will allow students to explore the role of magnetism in our everyday lives!


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Matter of Fact

Investigate the ingredients of the universe! Build model molecules. Play alchemist by turning a nickel into gold...well, almost...and use our secret formula to make your own Mad Science Putty.


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Measure for Measure

This workshop introduces the concept of measurement through hands on activities! Students will learn how to estimate, what the differences are between metric and standard, and the properties of an object that can be measured with scientific equipment!


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Moving Motion

This workshop provides students with an introduction to the mechanics of movement, including an understanding of friction and the dynamics of the physical laws that affect objects in motion. Gravity, inertia and friction are all basic physical forces that are explored during this program. Everyday examples of how these forces are at work are presented throughout the activities.


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Optical Illusions

Eyesight one of the most valuable features of the human body. They allow us to see the world and experience its beauty. However often times and with the help of the brain, our eyes can trick us into seeing optical illusions. In this course students will learn exactly how the brain can be tricked by the eyes.


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PH Phactor

In this course students will explore the chemistry behind acids and bases. During the class, they will learn how the concepts acids and bases are used in everyday life such as the formation of chemically based household products. Towards the end of the course students will learn about the concept of pH balance through an activity in which they balance an unknown liquid.


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Playing with Polymers

Students will explore the plethora of polymers that play an integral role in our daily lives as they begin to understand the role that chemistry plays in creating these products.


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Slime Time

Ooze into a gooey hour of sliming around! Create slime using the Mad Science recipe, and then enter your creation the Slime Olympics! When class is over, take home your own beautiful concoction of Mad Science Slime!


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Super Sticky Stuff

Stick it to the walls in this adhesive hour on things that cling! Push the power of tape to the limits! Explore mechanical adhesion alongside chemical adhesion!


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Under Pressure

Join Bernoulli and Newton as we take this exciting look at the science behind aerodynamics and the properties of air… under pressure. Use a vortex generator to create air pockets with a punch, and levitate ping-pong balls in defiance of gravity!


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Volume

This workshop introduces the concept of measurement through hands-on activities that provide opportunities for children to learn the proper way to measure three-dimensional volume.


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Watt's Up

Students will explore the world of electricity! They will learn all about sparks and static electricity by experimenting with a Van de Graaff generator.


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All About Animals

Eager to take a journey inside the animal kingdom? This class does just that! Through the course students will explore various types of animals and creatures by discovering life inside a virtual animal kingdom. Students will view replicas of animals to learn about their unique physical features, and to help classify different species.


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Bare Bones

This workshop introduces students to the basic concepts of skeletal anatomy. They will manipulate life-sized human skeleton models, and examine how the different bones of our skeleton articulate, and how the joints operate.


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Body Basics

Join us as we journey into the depths of our skeletal, digestive, circulatory and respiratory systems and discover the amazing way our brains coordinate all that we do! Students will investigate their senses, test their eyes and noses, and try to communicate using Braille. They will love learning about their environment and all the living things that share it.


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Bugs!

Engross yourself in entomology! Inspect authentic insect specimens. Update your insect anatomy know-how. Match-up insects with their habitats. Discover insect defenses and their role in our ecosystems. Explore the world's most abundant animal!


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Cells

This hands-on workshop provides students with an introduction to cell structure (including an understanding that cells are the building blocks of all living things), cell process, and cell division!


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Decomposers

Introduce yourself to fungi, mushrooms, and our favorite decomposer- the worm! Discover the role that worms play in our ecosystem and plant growth. Learn how they eat, see, move, and help people recycle. *Please note: This workshop contains LIVE worms*


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Dinosaurs

Delve into paleontology as we join a dinosaur dig! Examine real fossil casts to see the differences in the teeth of herbivorous and carnivorous dinosaurs. Students will participate in a mini dinosaur excavation!


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Ecosystem Explorations

Discover what an ecosystem is, where it can be found, and what it does. Students will challenge themselves to rid a "lake" of pollution, and build several real ecosystems for the class to keep!


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Life in the Sea

Ever wondered what it would be like to live in the sea as a fish, mermaid, or sea urchin? This course plunges children into the deep world of ocean life. They will explore several elements of the ocean including the various plants, ocean ecosystems, and different types of animals. In addition they will learn to classify ocean creatures and learn all about their physical traits!


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Photosynthesis

How is a plant like a battery? Why do most plants appear to be green? Diagram the process of photosynthesis, discover how plants convert light into food, and germinate your very own seeds to take home.


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Current Events

Electricity is one of the most fascinating topics in the science world. In this class students will get charged up by learning all about electricity. Our mad scientist will teach students the ins and outs of electricity and how basic scientific concepts such as electrons are able to power radios, refrigerators, and other devices that we use every day.


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Fantastic Fliers

The Wright Brothers would be proud as we follow in their footsteps and learn the fundamental principles of flight. Build different types of stunt planes and gliders. Experiment with trick planes and have a contest to see who can build the farthest flying glider!


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Invention-ation

Who made up the light bulb? Why is Rube Goldberg making things so difficult? Students are encouraged to be the most common type of scientist - an inventor - as they delve into the importance of the scientific method and create their own crazy inventions!


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Mad Science Machines

See how simple machines lighten your load! Launch with levers, secure with screws, and work with wedges. Use pulleys to move heavy objects with ease. Teams of elementary-age engineers will have so much fun problem-solving, designing, and testing that they'll forget that they're learning!


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Rocket Science

This program introduces students to basic elements of rocketry as students work to build their own rockets to take home! *Please note: An additional surcharge per rocket will be added to the program fee.


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Science of Toys

Toy airplanes, yo-yos, building blocks; the real fun behind toys, is the science! During this course children will test toys and explore the scientific elements of various devices. They will learn all about the principle of gravity while playing with balancing toys, as well as other concepts such as magnetic energy.


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Super Structures

During this exciting course students will get to take a glimpse inside the world of architecture and engineering. They will get the chance to perform several experiments including a tension test during which they will get to determine the toughest type of textile. In addition the students will get to construct a model of a Roman arch block bridge with the help of our mad scientists.


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Dinosaurs

We will investigate the habits, needs and characteristics of dinosaurs while we explore the fossilization process. Learn about paleontology while excavating for fossils (dino bones) and find out what they can tell us about the dinosaurs.


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